August 17, 2003 |
When Nancy and Gordon Eck began searching for a home, they could hardly have imagined it would turn into a 20-year odyssey. Nor could they know that the 18th century farmhouse they eventually bought would be a $1 million labor of love by the time they turned it into a bed-and-breakfast. Along the way, the Ecks encountered hundreds of screeching bats inside the house, a white goose trapped in the chimney, and a feisty rooster claiming the tree next to the upstairs bedroom as his morning perch.
May 11, 2003 |
It didn't take Jim and Gwen Klein long to figure out that the 1741 stone farmhouse they bought 23 years ago in northern Chester County was too small. They had chosen the house, which sits on 26 acres, because, when you come down to it, real estate is all about location. Unlike comparable places they had looked at, it was well off the road in the center of the property, so the noises of civilization were far away. The location also was "mutually inconvenient," Gwen Klein said: about halfway between Jim Klein's job as a banker in Berks County and hers as an interior designer in the Lehigh Valley and Philadelphia suburbs.
February 1, 2003 |
Elizabeth D. Medinger, 93, partners with her husband in marriage, business and unique home design, died Tuesday of complications associated with diabetes at Artman Lutheran Home in Ambler. She had been a longtime resident of the city's Wyndmoor section, where she and her husband lived in an authentic re-creation they had built of an 18th-century Pennsylvania farmhouse. The house was authentic right down to the handmade nails. Born and raised in Reading, Mrs. Medinger taught elementary school there for a time after earning a teaching certificate from Kutztown Normal School.
January 26, 2003 |
It is a nondescript gray, three-story, cedar-frame house tucked into a residential neighborhood off the beaten track. But step inside, and you can smell and feel the history. The bare, wide-plank floors buckle and creak under your feet. The ceilings hang low, and candle scents greet the senses. Old black-and-white pencil sketches and oil portraits of the long-haired, grizzly-bearded Walt Whitman hang from walls. Bronze sculptures of the famous poet dressed in a three-piece suit sit on shelves.
November 24, 2002 |
Photographs of Nancy Mohr's five children fill every nook and cranny of her home. Dining-room chairs crafted by her grandfather, a Lancaster cabinetmaker, have seated many a family gathering. Family and an appreciation for the bygone days when farmhouses instead of subdivisions dotted the landscape are uppermost for Mohr, executive director of the Chester County 2020 Trust. She has just written The Farmhouse: Classic Homesteads of North America. The book is both a personal account of her own love affair with farms and a description of classic farms throughout the United States and Canada.
September 13, 2002 |
The Federal-style farmhouse that Isaac Leeds built for his family 201 years ago, in a hamlet in Burlington County, once nestled within 100 acres of cow pastures and cornfields. The rural serenity continued after its second owner, the Michelfelder family, moved into the plain, two-story clapboard structure and took over the farm. But change arrived 15 years ago, after a developer purchased the tract, one of a cluster of farmsteads that grew into Evesham Township, now the county's largest community.
July 26, 2002 |
His given name is Leonard Louis Lasko, but for more than 36 years he has been known around the world simply as Mr. 3L. If you collect cigar boxes and package labels, posters, or any other types of paper Americana, you probably have made his acquaintance. If you haven't, then today and tomorrow offer a prime opportunity to do so, as Mr. 3L is emptying his two-story collector's center, in Soudersburg, just beyond Paradise, to make way for a new tenant. Barr/Davis Auctioneers, of nearby Gap, is conducting this sale.
July 26, 2002 |
It looked like the good life. The apartment in the tony San Francisco neighborhood, the well-paid jobs in advertising. But for Cathleen Miller and her husband, Kerby Macrae, it had all begun to seem hollow. She really wanted to write and to teach. He wanted to work with his hands. And that's how Miller, 46, and Macrae, 43, ended up in the tiny central Pennsylvania village of Zion, renovating a beat-up 100-year-old farmhouse while she slogged through graduate school at Pennsylvania State University and he worked in a furniture factory.
October 21, 2001 |
Considering the looming wrecking ball, acute financial troubles, and the fear that their gem of a historical space might never get recognized, members of the Historical Society didn't have it easy. But earlier this month, their decade of work paid off, and the Peter Mott House, a 156-year-old farmhouse that was a station on the Underground Railroad, was dedicated as a museum. "Many times, I thought we weren't going to be able to save it. So many doors were banged in our face," said Clarence Still, a Lawnside historian and lifelong resident of the borough, which bills itself as the only historically African American borough in the northern United States.
May 4, 2001 |
In the benighted years when Alfred Hitchcock was still regarded as nothing more than a slick commercial director in this country, his genius was revered in France. And his influence plainly lives on in films such as Dominik Moll's With a Friend Like Harry. Although Moll's movie teems with references to Strangers on a Train, The Trouble With Harry, and Psycho, it is no pale imitation of the master in the Brian De Palma manner. With a Friend Like Harry is an homage, with its own voice and dark-hued humor.